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About the CRAFT-STEM Program Internships

CRAFT-STEM is an acronym for Columbus Region Academy of Future Teachers of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). It is part of a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant awarded to Columbus State University by the National Science Foundation through grant number 1136356. The purpose of the program is to recruit, prepare and graduate more secondary teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The program also seeks to increase participation by under-represented groups and provide highly qualified teachers in high-need school districts.

CRAFT-STEM recruiting components include internships for CSU freshmen and sophomores and substantial scholarships for juniors and seniors (and, in some cases, post-baccalaureate students) pursuing secondary certification in STEM fields at CSU. Our hope is that students who participate in CRAFT-STEM internships will become enthusiastic about STEM and STEM teaching as a result of their experience.

Eligibility requirements for the internships are:

  • Full time freshman or sophomore at CSU
  • Any major considered, but the successful candidate will demonstrate achievement in computer science, math, or a science field compatible with an available project
  • U.S. citizen or national, or a permanent resident alien at the time of application

Selection criteria include:

  • Strong academic performance and potential in math and science as evidenced through grade point average (3.0 or higher preferred), SAT/ACT scores, faculty recommendations and other appropriate achievements
  • Potential interest in teaching
  • Good communication skills
  • Record showing a strong work ethic and reliability
  • Balance of enrollments across the degree programs
  • Preference given to students majoring in STEM disciplines


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1136356.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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